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Holliston vs Westwood on Thanksgiving

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Nov 23 2004 at 04:00PM PST
Metrowest Daily News Westwood at Holliston (32nd meeting, Kamatian Field) Time: 10 a.m. Season records: Westwood 9-1 (7-1 TVL); Holliston 9-1 (8-0) Series record: Westwood 20-10-1 Last Year's score: Westwood 13-7 Lowdown: For the first time since 1991, this game will determine the Tri-Valley League's postseason representative. The Panthers won that ballgame, but have won only once (2000) since then. Holliston is undefeated in the TVL, and will win the title outright and earn a trip to the playoffs with a win. The Wolverines, having lost to Medfield, need to beat the Panthers and hope Dover-Sherborn takes out the Warriors to snatch the title and go to the playoffs. That, along with the Holliston win, are the easiest scenarios to understand. Should both Medfield and Westwood win, that will create a three-way tie atop the TVL with each team having only one league loss. The playoff representative will then be determined by who has allowed the fewest points to the other two opponents in the first half. Vital stats: Westwood is loaded at the offensive skill positions, sending four players to the TVL all-star team. MVP runnerup Jeff White directs the TVL's most potent passing attack, throwing for 20 touchdowns and over 1,800 yards with only six picks. Senior receivers Chris Laham (30 receptions, 790 yards) and Joe Fabiano (33 catches, 840 yards, 11 TD) are the primary targets, while classmate Amadeus Guererro (870 yards, 11 TD) provides a ground compliment to the Wolverines' aerial attack. Middle linebacker and TVL defensive MVP George Whetstone (100+ tackles) anchors a unit that did not allow a 100-yard rusher, while yielding the fewest points in TVL play. Cornerback Morgan Donahue has intercepted three passes in earning an All-Star selection. League MVP Tyler Parrino can beat a team with his arm or his legs. The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,330 yards and 18 TDs, while rushing for 527 yards and four scores. TVL all-star Chris Valiant has caught eight of those scoring strikes. The junior backfield tandem of Zach Rodgers (60 carries, 335 yards, 7 TDs) and Dave Menapace (94 carries, 780 yards, 11 TDs) have augmented the Panthers' ground game. Linebacker Derek Wilson is the Panthers' leading tackler, while cornerback Mike Shilalie (3 Ints) leads the secondary. Injuries: None Westwood coach Paul Hallion: "Defensively, we'll have to take away what they want to, and we'll keep Parrino in check, because he can pass or run. Offensively, we'd like to get good yardage on first down, either with the run or the short pass. Ideally, we'd like to make them defend both the pass and the run and not let them key on any one." Holliston coach Todd Kiley: "With all those weapons, we know they have a big-play offense, so the key for us is to shut down the big play. They also have a tough, quick defense that swarms to the ball. I think if we execute on offense and shut down the big play, they'll have a tough time beating us."

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